Double jobbing row in Northern Ireland sparks row

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Double jobbing row in Northern Ireland sparks row

A row over double jobbing, which would mean MPs in Westminster sitting in the Stormont assembly, has resulted in a row in Northern Ireland with accusations that the government is trying to prop up the Democratic Unionist party.

The proposals, which would allow the DUP leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, to contest the Northern Ireland assembly elections in May while also remaining an MP at Westminster, would allow them to temporarily restore a practice that was banned in 2016.

On Monday he confirmed that he planned to stand for the local Lagan Valley seat at Stormont while remaining an MP, a move that could see him first or deputy first minister if the DUP succeeds in becoming the biggest or second biggest party.

He was pressed by reports that a second DUP MP was planning to stand for local election but didn't identify the individual, saying the selection process was not yet complete.

The double-jobbing proposal has been criticized by all the other parties, with SDLP MP Claire Hanna telling the BBC on Monday that it was a stroke to Jeffrey Donaldson, who told Good Morning Ulster that it was impossible to bilocate jobs and any attempt to do so would lead to worse government in Northern Ireland.

The plan reeks of corruption claiming Boris Johnson's government is going out of its way to prop up and support one party Donaldson, according to BBC s Good Morning Ulster, there is no agreement on this between the DUP and the government. The DUP said it was a fake outrage from political opponents, saying the proposal would bring stability to Northern Ireland at a time when devolution is deeply unstable because of a one-sided and undemocratic Brexit protocol Alliance party deputy leader and North Down MP, Stephen Farry, and he hopes that the House of Lords will vote against the change to the law.

He described the move as a backward step and said there had been a lack of consultation on the issue.

He said that the election campaign is interfering with the democratic process because of this.

The proposal was put forward by the Lib Dem peer and former leader of the Alliance party in Northern Ireland, Lord Alderdice, after the committee stage in the Lords by the Lib Dem peer and former leader of the Alliance party in Northern Ireland, has been called disgraceful interference in the upcoming assembly election.

On Sunday, Farry distanced himself from his predecessor, saying Alderdice did not speak for the party and accusing him of poor judgment.